Posts tagged teenagers
That was the heading in Australia Age news paper today. The story was actually a well researched one, with lots of good points, the central one being that bullying of gay kids is far too prevalent, and should stop. But I am gonna take a different spin on the story.
The article cites a number of examples of how gay youth are mistreated: by organisations like schools, by bullies, and by family members. Overall it paints a negative picture about gay rights for kids, and being young and gay.
I completely agree with the underlying message that bullying of gays has to stop and that everyone has a part to play in this, including family, schools, and workplaces. BUT I disagree with their central premise that somehow it’s getting worse. Coz I dont think it is. I think it’s getting better.
In fact one commenter on the Age web site summarised it so well:
The article states: Young homosexuals are suffering more abuse than ever, particularly in schools.
The reply: With the exception of all of human history up to this point
I think it’s getting MUCH MUCH better and here’s why.
I try to make some big (and by big I don’t mean long, I just mean somewhat important, or thought provoking) posts every now and again. To balance this off, sometimes I go for trivial, and let’s just say if this post was a swimming pool, there wouldn’t be a deep end. So ….
What’s wrong with the world (my black and white simplified version):
- Squeezy cheese: This one is easy. Cheese is already cheese, and just needs to be chopped, grated, melted or otherwise mushed up into whatever culinary use you want to put it to (or just eat it straight). Put it in a bottle? NEVER. It’s even worse than cheese slices – I mean I am not sure if it’s more nutritionally sound to throw away the cheese and eat the plastic wrap from these or the other way around, but that’s a whole different story. Anyway, squeezy cheese is BAD and WRONG, stay away.**
- FaceBook posts by teenagers: My initial thought here was to be specific and use the example of posting random inane crap no one but the poster cares about like 2am: Why can’t I sleep. or 10.30am The lady on the seat next to me on the bus smells. But then I thought about how they also post random song lyrics (I think it’s their version of poetry) in bid to communicate (something, I am not sure what). Then there is their desire to post stuff to peoples wall (i.e. public view) that should be a private message. I think this is a desire to be seen to be nice to other people in a semi-public way, but not sure, since most of the posts like this are “nice” posts. But my pet peeve is when they post something like Cancer is bad, post this on your wall to show support for cancer suffers. Like WTF? Sorry to burst your wee bubble but that won’t actually help anyone. Yeah, sorry life sucks eh? (but you are a teenager, you knew they right?). It’s almost as bad as when they try to be deep, when all it looks like they are doing is a cut and paste jobs from famourquote.com or something eg In life we sometimes have challenges, but they are there to teach us a lesson. Sometimes we don’t know what this lesson is yet, but the lesson we must learn all the same. I mean come on, you’re kidding right? Do you even KNOW what that means? Is this the same person who just posted OMG I hate my mum coz she won’t lend me the car 10 minutes earlier? Oh, and while I am at it here is a message for teenager: i dnt gt txt spk. 4 fks sake jst ad a vowl or 2 K?
- How the new chipped credit cards take so long to do an Eft-Pos transaction. Really, I mean come on everything gets faster these days (OK, except for computers running windows, and iPhones running iOS4, but that’s a different story). It used to take 3 seconds, how it takes like 7, sometimes 10 seconds. Sheez, hurry up already. I am waiting.
**: I was gonna say instant mashed potato is wrong. Coz it is. Coz potato is already potato, so it’s like, well instant. I guess it’s not pre-mashed. So OK, that makes it pre-mashed potato. Anyway, instant mashed potato is wrong for the same reason instant coffee is wrong. And if you don’t get that then you deserve a life of instant coffee, instant mashed potato topped with squeezy cheese (and no that wasn’t a compliment). (The one exception is that you are allowed to use instant mashed potato when camping/hiking. But instant coffee is NEVER allowed, even then.).
Black and White Version: There is a lot wrong with the world, squeezy cheese, teenagers FaceBook posts and chipped credit cards aren’t helping.
PS: In case you missed it, most of this post is written in humour. Except for the bit about squeezy cheese, that’s for real.